The Mission The mission for the Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) is to provide a safe and fun haven for our Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgendered and Queer (LGBTQ) students and our straight allies as well. The GSA club encourages everyone to be themselves and speak their minds freely. We are here to educate our school community about issues of sexual orientation and gender identity. We will support all those who have been silenced, isolated, shunned, or abused.
GLBT History Icons of The Day
As a gay college student, Matthew Shepard was the victim of a deadly hate crime. His murder brought national and international attention to the need for GLBT-inclusive hate crimes legislation. On October 6, 1998, two men—Aaron McKinney and Russell Henderson—lured Shepard from a downtown Laramie bar. After Shepard acknowledged that he was gay, McKinney and Henderson beat and tortured him, then tied him to a tree in a remote, rural area and left him for dead. Eighteen hours later, a biker, who thought he saw a scarecrow, found Shepard barely breathing. Shepard was rushed to the hospital, but never regained consciousness. He died on October 12. Both of Shepard’s killers were convicted of felony murder and are serving two consecutive life sentences. "Every American child deserves the strongest protections from some of the country’s most horrifying crimes." – Judy Shepard